Subject: Re: Examples needed against Soft Patents
From: Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com>
Date: 28 Dec 2004 09:54:20 -0500

"Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org> writes:

>     Russell> FLOSS provides for resource multiplication.
> 
> s/multiplication/division/
> 
> Consider Sourceforge.  Somebody recently pointed out that there are
> about 10 different projects for counting the projects on Sourceforge.
> Wheel reinvention is endemic.  Code that sucks[tm] doesn't get
> reviewed and improved, it gets ignored in favor of code that's
> marginally less sucky, which then gets rewritten from scratch which
> permits preemptive closure of all open bugs on version N-1.
> (http://www.jwz.org/doc/cadt.html for a bilious rant, or
> http://turnbull.sk.tsukuba.ac.jp/Research/OSS/McConnell-PrimeTime.pdf
> for the professional version of the rant, now several years old but no
> less true).

That is no different from the usual proprietary approach, of course,
in which several different companies try to solve the same problem in
different proprietary ways.  What FLOSS provides is the ability for
different projects to easily build on each other in ways which are, in
general, not available with proprietary software.  Hence, resource
multiplication.

Ian